American Express is an advertising partner of JohnnyJet.com, but the opinions and beliefs in this post are those of the author alone, who makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information.
How To Access Some of the US’ Best Airport Lounges
The American Express Platinum Card used to be one of my favorite cards. It could get me (plus a guest) into any American Airlines or Delta Air Lines lounge plus all of the Priority Pass lounges. But then American pulled out, and Delta limited lounge access to just the cardholder, and I began to seriously think about canceling my card—and I’ve been a member for a long time!
But after my recent visit to one of American Express Centurion Lounges—exclusively for American Express cardholders traveling through Dallas (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), San Francisco (SFO) and New York’s LaGuardia (LGA)—I’ve decided to keep my Platinum Card. Here’s why:
The American Express Centurion Lounges
The Centurion Lounges lounges are swank and exclusive! First of all, you can’t get in unless you have an American Express card. Those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and Centurion cards get complimentary access. Other American Express cardmembers have to purchase a one-day pass for $50 per adult (kids are no additional charge). And:
- The food is plentiful and great. The menus are created by top chefs, including Chef Dean Fearing, creator of Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas. They also have an open bar and great service.
- There are family rooms filled with games and toys.
- There are showers with L’Occitane products and there are complimentary spa treatments (my favorite). Not sure if they all have them, but the lounge at DFW offers free 15-minute massages (neck, shoulder and back), facials and manicures. You can only make an appointment when you arrive and if you want more than one service, you have to make it after you complete your first appointment. The lounge wasn’t that busy so I had both a massage and manicure.
What’s interesting is that even though the American Express Platinum Card comes with a hefty $550 annual fee (See Rates & Fees), it’s actually a great deal when you consider the value of the benefits. For example: Let’s say you apply for the card now and get it by June 1st. That means you get $200 for airline incidentals like baggage, food, and change fees—like every cardmember gets each calendar year.
So that means by the time the card is up for renewal next June, you’ll already have access to the (second) $200 credit for 2016’s calendar year. That’s $400 in total incidentals, compared to the $550 annual fee in the event you don’t end up liking the card (though I highly doubt that will happen if you travel a lot). And that doesn’t factor in all the other perks that come with the card—like the fact that American Express covers your $100 fee for Global Entry (I hope you already have it) if you pay with your American Express Platinum Card.
Learn more: The Platinum Card® from American Express
The only negative I could find with the Centurion Lounge is that the agents don’t have access to your airline’s computer reservations, so if you need to check or change flights you’ll have to go to an airport agent.
*Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities
For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.
Tried this tip? Let me know in the comments!
Have your own tip? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Want to see more tips? Click here for all 407!
Want even more travel tips? Subscribe to the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! All you have to do is sign up for the weekly newsletter by filling in your email address and checking the Daily Travel Tip box in the top-right corner of the homepage.
If you already subscribe to the newsletter, fill in your email and check the Daily Travel Tip box in the same top-right corner of the homepage and you’ll receive an email with a link to update your JohnnyJet.com preferences. On that page, just click the Daily Travel Tip box and Update Profile and you’ll have Johnny’s best tips, straight to your inbox each day. And don’t worry—it’s easier than it sounds!
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide, eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered. Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.